Pause the Vine to learn something new! And don’t forget to turn on the sound for a hot track. This is What We Learned This Week

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Meet The 14-Year-Old Girl Who Developed A Low-Cost Water Purification System | FastCompany

The next generation of scientists is already hard at work solving our biggest problems. Take Deepika Kurup, a 14-year-old high school student from Nashua, New Hampshire. After seeing children in India drinking dirty water from a stagnant pool, she decided, in her words, “to find a solution to the global water crisis.” And then she actually made some progress towards that goal, developing a solar-powered water purification system.

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Why the modern bathroom is a wasteful, unhealthy design

It is hard to find something that we actually got right in the modern bathroom. The toilet is too high (our bodies were designed to squat), the sink is too low and almost useless; the shower is a deathtrap (an American dies every day from bath or shower accidents). We fill this tiny, inadequately ventilated room with toxic chemicals ranging from nail polish to tile cleaners. We flush the toilet and send bacteria into the air, with our toothbrush in a cup a few feet away. We take millions of gallons of fresh water and contaminate it with toxic chemicals, human waste, antibiotics and birth control hormones in quantities large enough to change the gender of fish.

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So, the more you know, the less you fall for brand names....

I figured this, since branding means almost nothing to me. Is the fact that the uninformed are much more likely to buy Aleve than generic naproxin a kind of social Darwinism that keeps the poor poor?


Letters to a Young Librarian: Square Pegs: On "Fit" in the Hiring Process


I love this post—Fit is such a huge deal when it comes to the day-to-day experience of working somewhere. I was very lucky in my first library position to find people I could work well with (it was a contracting job, so I had no contact with my future colleagues until I showed up my first day).

In looking for my second library position, I made it to the on-campus interview stage for an academic library job I really loved the sound of, it was in a good location for me in terms of distance to family, and everything seemed like it would be excellent… but by the end of the interview day, I felt almost claustrophobic and just wanted to get out of there. I simply didn’t ‘click’ with my potential colleagues, and now I consider it fortunate that I wasn’t offered the job because I don’t know what I would’ve done about that.

About a year later, I had the on-campus interview for what is now my job. The feel of that day was completely different and I felt completely at ease even though the interview day lasted longer than it had at that other campus (and I’m an introvert, so the fact that I felt almost comfortable despite the fact that I was interviewing and constantly around people I didn’t know was HUGE).

Jessica’s thoughts on how to evaluate potential fit are great, and her questions would’ve been great to have in the back of my mind as I interviewed. :)

I should also mention that fit was one of the reasons we didn’t end up hiring any of the people we interviewed last fall. Not the only reason by far, but for certain candidates that was a consideration in terms of how well they would have interacted with our various campus constituencies.

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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies


jbmartin6 on slashdot:

The Panopticon may be coming, but perhaps not how we think. Instead of a massive government surveillance program, we might end up subjected to ubiquitous monitoring to save on our insurance premiums. The “internet of things (you can’t get away from)” makes this more and more possible

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This 1928 NYPL overdue book slip was miraculously discovered in the 1980s during the construction of the Tenement Museum. The Museum kept the card on display, stating that the title of the book on the card is “one of the great mysteries, we unfortunately do not know.” That is, until yesterday, when the Museum turned to Twitter for help deciphering the handwriting. Within a few hours, the mystery was solved. The book, which may have never been returned, was Israel by by Ludwig Lewisohn. A great example of the power of social media.


I mean, to be fair, the book was due on Christmas Eve. Can’t a library user in 1928 catch a bit of a break? That’s a busy time of year!

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2014 Emmy Award Nominations are out today.

We’ve got interviews with several of the nominees: 

Bryan Cranston, Jon Hamm, Matthew McConaughey, Tim Gunn, Jimmy Fallon, Lena Dunham, Edie Falco, Amy Poehler, Louis C.K, Fred Armisen/Carrie Brownstein, Tina Fey, Key & Peele, Amy Schumer, Jenji Kohan (Orange is the New Black), Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad), Noah Hawley (Fargo)

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Krebs on Security

This guy was on Terry Gross on NPR today.  What a great source of up to date cyber security info.


Using Dogs to Detect the Scent of Ovarian Cancer - NBC News

So, are we going to use the relatively cheap dog nose, or develop an artificial dog nose that will cost each hospital several million dollars?



Futurist Kurzweil Says He’s Building AI into Google Search | MIT Technology Review

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